Sometimes we speak out of anger. Sometimes we speak just to hear our own voices. Sometimes we don’t even mean the things we say and still say it. When you find yourself in one of those moments, stay off of social media. When your blood is boiling or you feel overcome by the sudden urge to take a jab at someone – take a minute and think about it. Should you let your hands run rampant on a keyboard? Should you pull out your phone and “keep it real?” Or should you just keep it to yourself?
With access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and numerous other social media outlets, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and say something that was better left unsaid. For Larry Nance Jr., he’s learning that the hard way.
It’s been well noted that in May of 2012, young Nance sent out this tweet:
Pretty harsh attack on the “Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant.
Three years later, Nance is drafted by the L.A. Lakers and finds himself in the Black Mamba’s snake pit.
Luckily for Nance, when he apologized to Kobe about words said three years ago, Kobe accepted his apology and said : “We all say things we regret.” Maybe our usually venom-infused-basketball -reptilian is getting tired in his later stages. Or maybe, Kobe really just doesn’t care what the 27th pick of the NBA draft had to say about him, 3 years ago. Whatever it was that let Nance, slip out of the wrath of Kobe – a lesson should be learned to all.
This isn’t the first time an athlete made a statement on social media and was publicly crucified for it.
Sure, sometimes it’s fun – like when we see Richard Sherman beefing with the likes of Darrelle Revis or Patrick Peterson. We even enjoy it when the Twitter handles of organizations take cheap shots at each other – but some of these kids have to chill.
Social media has become part of society and has made a huge impact on journalism. Blog sites can write a two paragraph piece on a single tweet and try to blow up a meaningless joke as something harsh or disrespectful. Athletes, especially younger athletes – need to understand this.
Some coaches in college like Rick Pitino of Louisville, frowns down at his students who update their lives on social media, because of the risk of saying something stupid that will come back to burn them. It may seem ridiculous but maybe some college coaches should be hiring social media coaches – or social media regulators on their staffs just to make sure these 18 or 19 year old kids aren’t saying anything reckless for the whole world to see.
Larry Nance Jr. is just one instance and there will be many more that follow. Young men like Nance are more concerned with “retweets” and “likes” then maturity. It’s not totally their fault though, it’s encouraged to be outrageous on social media – those things can make you a star in today’s world.